It's just like a blog hop, only you get to strut and shimmy from blog to blog.
How about a blog gambol? What about a blog vault... after all, it's a jump of sorts, isn't it?
(Exhibit A that a thesaurus can be dangerous in the hands of the wrong person.)
So let me get to the main event -- Welcome to Day 1 of Pat Sloan's Focus on the Center Blog Prance!
Have you been to Vanessa Christenson of V & Co. yet? I'm sure she's got something wonderful to show you, just make sure you don't miss the pictures of her debut fabric collection for Moda - Simply Color. Admit it, you're going to want some, aren't you?
Let me get the particulars out of the way first --
How long is the Prance? Five days. It starts today and ends on Saturday with two blogs each day.
How many blogs and bloggers will be prancing? There are ten of us!
- Vanessa Christenson of V & Co.
- Bonnie Hunter of Quiltville
- Michele Foster of the Quilting Gallery
- Victoria Findlay of BumbleBeans Inc.
- Rachel Griffith of p.s. i quilt
- Jackie Kunkel of Canton Village Quiltworks
- Dana Bolyard of Old Red Barn Co.
- Vicki Welsh of Field Trips in Fiber
- Faith Jones of Fresh Lemons Quilts
- And me... but you already know that.
While you're prancing about, make sure to visit the Leisure Arts blog and Pat's blog as both will have more chances to win and all sorts of interesting diversions. Do you want to know if Rachel has a secret chocolate stash? Or which quilt is on Bonnie's bed right now? Does Faith eat cookies in bed? What is Victoria's favorite movie? Pat will have all the answers to those questions.
Prizes. Of course there are prizes!
- Prize No. 1: Two winners from each of the ten blogs will win a copy of Pat's new book. That means there are twenty (20) books to be given away!
- Prize No. 2: Of course I'm putting something into a goodie box for the winners... plus one extra. That's right, I'll pick three winners and they'll each get a fat quarter bundle of something wonderful. Since they'll all be different, it will have to be a surprise. But surprises are a good thing, right?
How do you win? Leave a comment here before Midnight on Monday, May 7th. All ten of us will leave comments open until then so if you don't get to it right away, you've still got time. Unless you're reading this on May 8th... in which case, so sad, so sorry, too late.
Now to the best part -- the book, one of the quilts and fabric possibilities.
I love medallion quilts. Always have. Always will. Which might explain why I've made several of them over the years, and why I'll probably make more. The eight designs in Pat's book range from relatively simple to a bit more challenging. Several of the quilts are shown using just four fabrics, but they could easily be made very scrappy. (Pat knows I love that in a quilt design.)
My favorite quilt is Antique Mist --
If I had time to play, I might make this quilt using this fabric...
I think I would use the red or blue gingham in place of the strip borders - probably the blue - and then use this yellow print instead of the aqua...
All the blocks could be in the blue and red prints... though that would mean leaving out the pink and the green... I don't know if I could. I'm not that strong. Just in case you didn't already know, this is Pam Kitty Morning by Lakehouse. But you knew that.
(If you're wondering why I cleared out some of my stash, it was to make room for more of this. And the PKM Love that is coming later this year. Congratulations Pam! I look forward to seeing it and buying some... okay, lots!)
For something completely different, I could also see this quilt in this really cool collection...
I would make this one scrappy as well, perhaps even piecing the two stripe borders. And in place of the floral print, I would love to mix this collection with some Essex Linen.
It's a 55% linen/45% cotton blend and it has the most amazing texture to it. It looks and feels like linen but it washes and sews like cotton. It also comes in terrific colors. Just ask Jackie, she carries some of it -- Canton Village Quiltworks Essex Linen.
What about a French Antique Mist?
And then there's an upcoming collection that would also work very well... I think it's called Eat Your Fruits and Veggies. Pat probably knows more about that one... :)
What fabric would you use for this quilt?
Just leave a comment telling me how you envision Antique Mist and you might get the chance to actually make your own version because you'll have the book! You'll have to provide your own fabric though... that's not included.
You've got until midnight on Monday - May 7th!
Good luck! And if you haven't already been there, prance on over and say Hi to Vanessa!